Medjool Dates Panna Cotta
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4
  • Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped- 10
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Light or heavy cream- 2 cups
  • Sugar- ½ cup
  • Agar-agar, 1 inch strands- ¼ cup (or use 1 tbsp gelatin)
  • Medjool dates, sliced- for garnishing
  1. In a blender, puree the Medjool dates with ½ cup water into a smooth paste, keep aside.
  2. If using agar-agar strands: In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup agar-agar strands with ½ cup water and place it over medium heat, keep stirring and let the strands dissolve completely in water.
  3. If using Gelatin- In a small bowl, sprinkle 1 tbsp gelatin over 3 tbsp water and let soak for 10 minutes (do not stir).
  4. In a large saucepan, combine the cream, Medjool dates paste and sugar.
  5. Place the saucepan over medium heat, cook the mixture.
  6. When the mixture comes to a slight boil, strain the dissolved agar-agar and add to the mixture (or add soaked gelatin), and keep stirring.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool down for a few minutes.
  8. Pour the mixture into ramekins or dessert bowls.
  9. Chill, uncovered for 3 to 4 hours or until set.
  10. While serving: To unmold, dip the ramekins in hot water for a few seconds, then turn the panna cotta out onto dessert plates (or, simply serve in the cups).
  11. Garnish with chopped Medjool dates and enjoy.
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